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Crayford was buzzing Saturday morning as the best card of 2019 saw some great action with the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket heats the feature. Sadly we were not involved but we did have a few runners on the card not least defending champion Saleen Ash in the Peter Bussey Memorial heats, an event we were trying to win for an unbelievable eighth time. In his heat it looked like he was not going to make it to the final after a slow start but a good run around the first two turns gave him hope and then a powerful run down the back straight saw him get within striking distance and though the winner Droopys Noodle was not for catching he just got up on the line to grab second place and that all important place in the final. It was an excellent run and the 8/1 chalked up for him to win the final on Saturday would be made to look generous if we can get him to start in his best fashion.
Disappointingly, the regular open racing at Henlow on a Sunday are currently not filling so we have taken the opportunity to run a few of our dogs at Sheffield on Tuesday nights. Obviously with the forthcoming GTA Trainers Championship meeting, which we won so well at Towcester last year, it is an ideal opportunity to give some of our potential runners a look round the venue and they also have some big competitions coming up like the Steel City Cup and the Bresmed Northern Sprint, which Cotton Pants won last year. As for Henlow, promoter Kevin Boothby had pencilled in a series of top class competitions starting with the Maiden Derby over 460m next month.
This week we are introducing a new page on our website dedicated to all our ex-racing Greyhounds that are now retired. Hope you will enjoy the gallery of pictures where you can see all our stars, open racing and graded, in their new forever homes. If any owners of our ex-racers want to send pictures in, please feel free to do so!
At Sheffield last Tuesday, I was pleased with the way our runners performed. No Can Boogie (2nd) fan very well in a 660m contest and Saleen Story
won well dropping back to a sprint scoring in 16.08.
Just four runners at Romford on Friday where Avastorm made it through to the Maiden Stayers Final in 2nd and Brigadier Bullet scored a hard fought victory over 575m in 35.42.
As well as Saleen Ash in the Peter Bussey heats at Crayford on Saturday morning, there were a few invitational races where Aayamza Breeze hacked up in an 874m contest beating kennelmate Calco Cool by 8 lengths in 56.55
On Monday, Deans Hail Mary (2nd) was best of a few runners. On Tuesday night, the returning Roswell Martian won well in an A5 in 28.36 while both Not So Hot and Adageo Zoomer were both just caught on the line in their respective races.
On Thursday, Aayamza Elseve was impressive winning by a wide margin in 27.92. No luck on Saturday with Towstar Del Boy and Ping Be Slick both coming 2nd.
On Sunday, Potman was 2nd but Culchieland surprised when winning at 14/1 in a tough S1 but won entirely on merit in a good 33.84, Ballyfinn Jade also took an S4 in 34.47
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - SALEEN STORY
GRADED - CULCHIELAND
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A few runners tonight at Sheffield to start the week off and then we’ll be back to Romford on Friday when Avastorm will contest the Maiden Stayers Final.
A busy day on Saturday where Saleen Ash bids not only to defend his Peter Bussey Memorial title but tries to win it for an 8th consecutive time for the kennel and there will be a few supporting opens.
We will also be at Monmore Saturday night where we put the likes of Droopys Cruiser and Flip The Tyre through their paces in Trial Stakes for the forthcoming Ladbrokes Puppy Derby.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Saleen Ash made it to the final and though recommended at 12/1 you can still bet him at 8/1 which I really think is mightily generous. I'm confident he will produce a big run for all our supporters. For this week we will make this our sole interest.
SALEEN ASH - 2pts each way ante post 12/1 - Peter Bussey Mermorial - Crayford - Final Saturday